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Here is another simple model for beginners: the giraffe with only 1 balloon.

This figure is a good exercise for using the pinch-twist as a blocking and securing device.

It also introduces the concept of eccentric bubbles: a simple association of two techniques together: making bubbles and forming angles, which will enable you to reproduce a greater variety of shapes that will look more natural.

 

Video Tutorial

Video in French, with English subtitles

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Hello!

How about learning to make a giraffe?

You need to inflate a balloon, yellow preferably, leaving a margin about 5 fingers wide, or alternately, a good hand's width.

Then make a knot and make sure to push it all the way to the tip of the balloon so you don't lose any length.

Angle the balloon at about 3 fingers away from the knot, then make a bubble just under the fold.

Which allows us to move the bubble twist slightly off center and hence get the effect of a forehead on the giraffe's head.

To make the horns, next we'll create a series of 4 bubbles.

The first bubble will need to be nice and round, and the second one will need to be smaller than the first.

Next, the third one will need to be exactly identical to the second one, while the fourth and last bubble will need to be the same as the first.

Like this!

Hold the series of bubbles in place by twisting them around their base.

And next, make a little bubble which we'll use to make a pinch-twist to consolidate and stiffen somewhat the head, horns, and neck.

If need be, push the air towards the reserve a little.

Next, for the giraffe's neck, we'll use about the third of the remaining segment of the balloon which can be easily figured out like this.

Fold the balloon at the mark to make a right angle.

This slight deformation of the bubble will now enable us to more easily direct the neck towards the top of the giraffe.

To make the front legs, roughly evaluate a quarter of the remaining portion of balloon to form the bubble of the first leg, which will be followed by a second bubble of equal size.

Block them together firmly, and make a pinch-twist right after, which will enable us to adequately consolidate the neck from to the rest of the body.

Push the rest of the air to the tip of the remaining portion of balloon which we'll divide into two unequal parts, the last part should be a little shorter than the first.

Place these two segments side by side and twist them together, almost at the tip of the shortest segment, so as to form in a single motion, the two hind legs, the abdomen and the tail of our giraffe.

The hind legs of the giraffe should be made shorter than the front legs and its back should slope back downwards.

If the angle we've made at the base of the neck has distended somewhat, it will need to be reshaped so that the neck goes upwards, following the direction of the front legs.

Also make sure that the head and horns are correctly positioned...

There!

All we have left to do now is to draw the giraffe's features, and a few spots.

But no need to go overboard, just a few are enough!

In fact, as a general rule, when drawing,

it's better to do less... but well done!

There! That's all there is to it!

So... See you soon!

For another lesson... with Mossier Ballon!

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

1- Inflate a balloon leaving a margin of about 5 fingers in width.
2- Grab the balloon knot.
3- Pull on the knot to free up an extra length of latex.
4- Press the balloon,
5- so the air will flow back towards the knot and fill up the short length of latex that has just been freed up.
6- Carry out an initial control of air pressure.
7- Bend the balloon about 3 fingers away from the knot.
8- Create an acute angle at the level of this bend.
9- Once the angle has been formed, close the bubble just below it.
10- The idea is to get an offset bubble.
11- Next, make 4 bubbles in a row. The first and fourth ones will be wider than the second and third ones.
12- Block the row of 4 bubbles at their base.
13- Next create a small bubble,
14- and turn this small bubble into a pinch-twist,
15- in order to secure and block together the giraffe's head, horns, and neck.
16- Divide the remaining segment of balloon into 3 roughly equal parts, just to mark where the first third ends (we're actually only interested in the first third).
17- Create an acute angle at the first bend (at the third of the remaining portion of balloon).
18- You should get this shape.
19- Close the bubble just beneath the angle.
20- Once again, the idea is to get an offset bubble (which will enable us to easily and naturally have the neck pointing upwards).
21- Make 1 more bubble about a quarter of the length of the remaining segment of balloon, then a second bubble of the same length, just after the first one, and block them together.
22- Then a small bubble,
23- which we will turn into a pinch-twist, in order to consolidate the articulation between the neck and the front legs.
24- Carry out one last air pressure control so that there's no room left in the remaining portion of balloon.
25- Divide the remaining portion of balloon into two parts, the last part being the shorter one. Then press these two large bubbles together, to create a crease just before the tip of the last bubble.
26- Twist the two bubbles together at the base of this crease.
27- Doing so, you get the last two legs of the giraffe, its short tail, and belly, all in a single movement.
28- Accentuate the curve of the giraffe's belly.
29- Draw a few lines for the face and spots... and there you have it!

And that was the end of this lesson!

 

Document pdf Download the PDF guide sheet with detailed photos of each step

 

Basic balloon twisting techniques used in this tutorial:

Reminder: It is essential that you master these basic skills!